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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in The Crags
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tenikwa grew from humble beginnings in 2002 when the owners started rehabilitating injured birds in a wooded shed behind their house. Today Tenikwa has grown to be one of the largest active Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres in the Western Cape, attending to a diverse variety of animals accepting both terrestrial and marine mammals and birds. Rehabilitating injured and abandoned Wildlife with the goal to release them back to the wild. Our centre rescue, rehabilitate and release between 250 - 450 wild animals annually. We work closely with nature/conservation authorities in our area, CapeNature, SANParks, BirdLife, and SANCCOB. Our Awareness Centre ensures that our Rehabilitation facilities are sustainable, funding the rehabilitation work and to raise awareness of the conservation issues in South Africa, Tenikwa offers various, programs throughout the day, catering for all ages and fitness levels with a focus on providing a conservation-based, informative tour. Guests learn about the indigenous wild cats of South Africa and why they are disappearing from our landscape.Species include African Wild Cats, Serval, Caracal, Cheetah, Leopard and Lions. The Tenikwa encounter is a great follow-on to a game reserve / safari experience; from viewing the cats at a distance to the opportunity to study these beautiful animals at close quarters. Tenikwa also has a Meerkat Meander where visitors can see Meerkats and Tortoises and there is also a variety of indigenous waterfowl, Blue Cranes and Marabou Storks to delight bird watchers. Tenikwa supports the upliftment of local communities through Eco tourism and is environmentally responsible. Entrance fees fund Tenikwa's NPO Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release Programme. Open 365 days a year. Amenities include a Tea Garden for light meals, Parking, Wheel-chair Friendly, Mothers Corner
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Mossel Bay, South Africa
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We got up close with the most beautiful of cats, and earned a great deal about how we as humans are endagering our cast and why they are becoming endangered. Joel our tour guide was a wealth of information and he was funny too. Standing beside a cheetah and hearing it purr was a fantastic experience.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We did the big cat combo here over two days.

The tour of tenikwa is great in itself, getting to go into the enclosures of all the big cats apart from the leopard, is a bit nerve wracking at first but the guides put you at ease. The guides are great - very friendly and you can tell they love what they are doing.

The highlight is definitely the Cheetah walk though. An hour and half of walking a cheetah is something that I will remember for ever. They are such amazing cats and too get so close is amazing.

Highly recommend for the price of what it costs to visit London zoo.

Visited May 2013
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Seattle, WA
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“Educational and amazing!”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

The center is a bit hard to find if you are driving yourself. But rest assured that that dirt path that seems to be leading nowhere will get you there!

Great and professional tour guide.

There are lockers for you to leave your belongings.

We got to get up close with leopards and a variety of other big cats! It was also better than the Cango Wildlife Ranch because it was more educational than tourist trap.

Visited June 2013
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“Once in a lifetime experience!”
Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

This park was recommended to me by a fellow traveller and I am so glad they told me about it! The sanctuary is organized according to the highest standards and you can really tell how much the people care about the cats and their well being.

My guide, Jacob, was full of great information about each of the cats we visited and he seemed to have a good connection with each of them, as well as a healthy respect for their inherently wild natures.

Going into the enclosures was a really great highlight of the tour, especially with the playful servals. One even rubbed against my leg just like a real housecat!

If you are travelling on the Garden Route, I cannot recommend this place enough!

Visited May 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Up close with the big cats”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

small centre rehabilitating the cats of Africa, some amazing wild cats and the chnaceto stand 2 ft from the cheetahs was amazing, although there are other cat sanctuarys on the garden route that have a bigger selection of cats this was still a nice way to pass an hour

Visited May 2013
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